None of the former heads of state and presidents was present at the commemoration of the maiden edition of the newly recognised June 12 Democracy Day celebration on Wednesday .
Following almost 20 years of May 29 as Democracy Day, President Muhammadu Buhari officially recognised June 12 in honour of the late Chief Moshood Abiola’ s presumed victory in the June 12 , 1993 , presidential election .
Vice – President Yemi Osinbajo , Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives , Femi Gbajabiamila , were present at the occasion .
Though the event was also well attended by foreign leaders , none of the former heads of state or presidents was in attendance .
The past leaders include Gen. Yakubu Gowon ( retd. ); former interim president , Ernest Shonekan ; Gen . Abdulsalami Abubakar ( retd . ); former President Olusegun Obasanjo ; and former President Goodluck Jonathan .
Foreign leaders who were in attendance included President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania, President George Weah of Liberia , President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo and President Nana Akufo- Addo of Ghana .
Others were President Macky Sall of Senegal , President Adama Barrow of Gambia , President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic , President José Mário Gómes Vaz of Guinea – Bissau and President Patrice Talon of Benin Republic .DON'T MISS: Download Edujandon.com News app and get latest news updates directly to your phone!